Memphis: Mike Coughlin final qualifying

John and Mike Coughlin began the second and final day of qualifying sitting in the No. 15 and No. 1 positions respectfully. Team Jeg's was focused and determined to improve their qualifying times. John was the first of the yellow and black...

John and Mike Coughlin began the second and final day of qualifying sitting in the No. 15 and No. 1 positions respectfully. Team Jeg's was focused and determined to improve their qualifying times.

John was the first of the yellow and black Chevy S-10 to take on the quartermile battlefield. He charged off of the line and followed the center of the groove from start to finish. John laid down a 7.480 at 179.83 mph. The run moved him up to the No. 8 slot.

"We made some changes to our fuel delivery system and the engine responded much better. It almost felt like we put a different engine between the frame rails. We are moving in the right direction and I think that we look pretty strong for raceday. If we can manage to put our trucks on the opposite sides of the ladder that would be a real bonus," commented John.

All eyes were on Mike Coughlin when he rolled on to the starting line for the third run of the weekend. The Jeg's machine rocketed out of the starting line beams with authority. Mike posted an extremely impressive 7.422 at 181.81 mph. He raised the bar for the Pro Stock Truck class and stayed in the No. 1 spot.

"Wow! That was a smooth run from start to finish. I knew that we were on a good run. When the guys told me what I ran over the radio I started yelling and congratulating everyone on the team," explained Mike. "We were even escorted back by two groups of NHRA tech officials and that is about as big a complement you can get. You know that you are doing something right if the tech department wants to you check out."

In the final session John ran a 7.491 at 179.90 mph.  The run was not an
improvement over his previous run.  However, it was a very strong run for
the session.  John fell one spot to land in the No. 9 position.

"We went out there expecting to improve. Instead we lost lane choice and Mike and I have the possibility to face off in the second round. Our entire group is excited and ready for raceday," said John.

Mike Coughlin decided to sit out the final qualifying session. He stayed in the No. 1 spot. Mike posted his third No. 1 qualifying position of his career and second straight. He will face off against Jerry Haas in the opening round. The two have faced off one time in competition and Coughlin took the win.

John Coughlin will line up next to Randy Daniels. The two drivers have faced each other four time in their careers and John has one win.

-Jeg's

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Series NHRA
Drivers Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , Jerry Haas